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Lighthouse renovation

Salaseini Vosamana
Monday, October 01, 2012

RENOVATION and maintenance works for three lighthouses in Vanua Levu are expected to be completed at the end of this month, says divisional engineer works northern Isikeli Raratabu.

He said the department was waiting for necessary materials purchased from New Zealand and Australia to complete the proposed project.

"The three lighthouses in Udu Point, Savusavu and Vuna in Taveuni will soon have a new look as we work towards renovating them," Mr Raratabu said.

"This is part of our capital projects this year and we are waiting for the materials from overseas because they are of high standard, genuine and last longer."

He said the department aimed to facilitate government infrastructure in the north to help its people with their daily lives. "The renovation works for the lighthouse in Udu cost the government more than $57,000 while the one in Savusavu and Vuna cost more than $24,000 each," he said.

"In completing all capital projects, we have taken a strong stand to meet with relevant stakeholders to promote our services and products twice in a year."

Mr Raratabu said this was the way forward on transition process towards the current reform of the department.

"The lighthouses will guide ships and mariners who travel in and out of our shores."